Story No. 36: (Episode)
A story is told about a certain Walee who set out on a journey to perform Haj. He traveled with a caravan without any relatives as companions, and made this promise to himself that never would he beg for anything from anyone. The time came when for days he had nothing to eat, and he became so weak in body that a thought passed through his mind: “Now I have reached the stage of anxiety I am about to perish and Allah has forbidden that anyone should perish at his own hands or destroy himself. Hence I am now forced to reluctantly beg.” But then he drove this thought from his mind and renewed his promise to himself not to beg and not to break his original agreement; even unto death.
Because he was so weak, he stayed behind while the rest of the caravan proceeded onward. There he waited for death to overtake him, lying with his face towards the Qiblah. Someone on horseback approached him and from a jug of water gave him to drink, and further provided his needs. Then the stranger asked: “do you wish to rejoin your caravan?’ he replied: “I do not know how far ahead of me they will be; how shall I find them now?’
The stranger said: “Come, rise and follow me.” They left and after walking for a short while the stranger said to him; ‘Wait here, the caravan will soon arrive to meet you here.’ He waited there and soon the caravan caught up with him. (Rowdh)
Story No. 37: (Episode)
Hazrat Abu Hasan Siraaj R.A. says: “I was performing tawaaf once while on Haj; when I saw a very pretty woman, shining in her beauty. I looked at her and said: “By Allah, this beauty and fine complexion must surely be because she never experienced any grief or sorrow.”
When I said this she overheard me and said: “Sir, it is that what you think?” by Allah, I am bent down under all the sorrows and grief that have come my way. My heart and mind is filled with so much grief and all along there has been no one can who share these with me.”
I asked: “and how is that, lady?”
She replied: “My husband once slaughtered a goat as a Qurbaani offering, while I was breast feeding my infant child. My two young sons were playing around me. When I went to cook the meat, the one son said to the other: “Come, let me show you how father slaughtered the goat.’ The other said: “well show me.” The first one then made the second once lie down and cut his throat, as his father had slaughtered the goat. When he realized what had happened, he ran away into the mountains; where he was attacked by a wolf and eaten up.
The father went in search for him; searching from place to place until he died of extreme thirst. In the mean time I was at home frantic with worry waiting for news of him. I put down my infant child and went to the door to inquire about anyone who might have news of my husband. The child crawled to the fireplace where a pot was boiling. The child touched it and the boiling pot fell upon the baby, burning it to death in such a ghastly manner that the child’s meat became separated from the bones.
When my married daughter heard all this, in the house of her husband, she fell down of shock. Thus I was left alone to bear all that.”
I asked her: “and how, lady; did you manage all these misfortunes with patience?” she replied: “whoever ponders on the difference between patience and impatience, finds a word of difference between the two. The reward of patience is praiseworthy; whereas for impatience there is nothing.”
Then she recited some lines of poetry before walking away:
“Patience did I exercise,
For that was my strongest pillar;
And should impatience have helped me,
Then I would have tried her”
“Such patience did I on have that;
Had my trails descended on mountain high,
In broken rocks they would have ended.”
“Indeed did I control my eyes,
Those tears not fall;
And now within my heart alone,
My tears do roll. (Rowdh)
Story No. 38: (Episode)
Hazrat Shaikh Ali bin Muwaffaq R.A. says: “One year I went for Haj on a camel. On the way I met a group of pilgrims who were walking on foot. I so much liked to be one of them that I descended from my camel and joined them on foot, and allowed someone else to ride my camel.
We traveled along an uncommon route. At one place we stopped for the night and laid down to sleep. In a dream I saw a group of girls approaching with water in golden and silver bowls, with which they washed the feel of all the walking pilgrims except mine. Then one of them said pointing to me: “Here, this one also belongs to them.”
The others replied; “No, he is not of them because he has an animal on which to ride.”
The girl insisted: “No, he belongs to them because he preferred to walk with them.”
They came and washed my feet too, and as a result all my tiredness vanished. (Rowdh)
Story No. 39: (Episode)
Hazrat Ibrahim Khawaas R.A.says: “While traveling in the wilderness once, I experienced great hardships and many misfortunes. However I patiently persevered and came through. When I entered Mecca a certain feeling of pride came into me and that too while I was performing tawaaf. From behind me an elderly lady called out to me: “O Ibrahim! This servant of Allah was with you in the desert (wilderness), but I did not want to disturb you by talking to you, because I did not want to take your attention from Allah. Take out that vanity which now has entered your heart.” (Rowdh)
Story No. 40: (Episode)
One saint relates: “I saw Hazrat Shaikh Samnoon R.A. once, swinging from side to side in ecstasy while performing tawaaf. I took his hand and asked him: “By the truth that you shall stand before Allah one day, I ask you, how did you reach Allah?”
As soon as he heard the words, “stand before Allah”, he fell down unconscious and when later he regained his senses he recited these lines:
“Many a sick patient is there whose body is filled with disease,
Whose heart is more sick than any other heart. If they die of
Fright and fear, then it is right, for, to stand before Allah is hardship indeed.”
Then he said: “As for myself, I have made five things compulsory on myself and have kept them in mind at all times: ‘Firstly, the thing in my life which was alive-my base desires, have I killed and that which had been dead-my heart, have I made alive; Secondly: the reality which had always been absent from me-the Hereafter, have I kept before my eyes at all times and that which had been present before me-worldly possessions, have I driven from myself. Thirdly: The thing, which had been diminishing in me- Taqwa-have I retained in me and that which had been accumulating-base desires-have I destroyed. Fourthly: He from whom you all tend to flee, with him have I created a bond of love, and he whom you all love, from him have I fled.” Then he recited these lines:
“Lord, my whole soul is turned towards Thee. And though should it perish, still it will not separate. In sorrow and in fear it cries and wails. And I fear that thereby it shall split asunder. So Lord, have mercy on my soul in as much as Thou has granted favors and ever do so.”
Five things have been mentioned above but only four have been detailed. In essence all have the same theme, to control one’s base desires. That is why it is said: “By Allah, the path towards Him is not more than two steps.” If the first is placed on one’s desires, the second is already in the beloved’s lane.